Veteran director and filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away on Thursday at age 93. The filmmaker died due to complications related to his old age. Chatterjee was at the helm of many celebrated Hindi and Bengali films including Choti Si Baat, Chitchor, and Rajnigandha. In the Bengali film community, Chatterjee is well known for directing Hothat Brishti, Hochcheta Ki and Hothat Shei Din.
As the film industry mourns the loss of Basu Chatterjee, actress Priyanka Upendra has shared a heartfelt post for her mentor on her social media. Upendra wrote, 'Dearest Basuda..thank you for being my guide, my friend, one of my first directors..and giving me the golden opportunity to work with you in your first Bengali film “Hathat Brishti” It was my first film as a leading actor and I learnt so much from you! You taught me the art of not just saying my dialogues but reacting to others, living the character ..you taught us the art of natural film making..Thank you for casting me in Chuppi Chuppi and Tok Jhal mishti..Ferdous and I loved working with you.'
She added saying, 'Wonderful memories made, beautiful films shot..will remain in my heart and soul forever.
Thank you for being my Mentor.Will miss you deeply..May your soul rest in peace. Om Shanti. '
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted out a post about Chatterjee's death. He wrote, 'Sad to hear of the demise of Shri Basu Chatterjee. His works are brilliant and sensitive. It touched people's hearts and represented the simple and complex emotions, as well as struggles of people. Condolences to his family and innumerable fans. Om Shanti.'